Thursday, February 9, 2012

Memory improvement through electrical shock; Research

Researchers have published in The New England Journal of Medicine that memory of the epileptic patients improved after slight electrical shock.

Researchers focused on the entorhinal cortex - part of the brain helpful in the formation and storage of memories - and hippocampus that is the brain's chief memory center.

"When we stimulated the hippocampus itself, there was not an effect. It was really stimulation in the gateway to the hippocampus - the entorhinal cortex - where we got the beneficial effect in terms of memory," Dr. Itzhak Fried, professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, who worked on the study, said.

According to researchers, this can be of help for the patients of Alzheimer's disease.

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